Cognitive Theory - Vol. 1

Cognitive Theory - Vol. 1

Cognitive Theory - Vol. 1

Cognitive Theory - Vol. 1

Excerpt

This book contains the content of the Indiana Conference of 1974. This Conference has met for each of the last seven years. At one time it was known as the "Midwestern Mathematical Psychology Meeting," but as interest drifted toward more experimental and theoretical, but less purely mathematical work, the title became the "Indiana Theoretical and Cognitive Psychology Meetings." Finally, this year the Conference was called the "Indiana Cognitive/Mathematical Psychology Conference."

The Conference has always been fairly small, rarely having over 100 people in an audience, but has one of the most sophisticated and interested audiences in the world. Speakers have come to expect penetrating questions and discussion. While we have not tried to include transcripts of these discussions in the book, the authors of chapters have been able to incorporate relevant ideas from the discussions into their chapters.

The contributors to this Conference were requested to emphasize the relatively broad theoretical significance of their work, to incorporate the work of others, and if they were willing, to speculate about future developments. Each of the chapters of this book has these characteristics of breadth and theory, rather than the mere report of new experiments. A number of the authors are relatively young, and that reflects the long- standing policy of the Conference to try to bring forth new ideas that might otherwise remain hidden for several years.

We, the editors, took the main responsibility for choosing the speakers, and acted as hosts for the Conference. Our role as editors has been most enjoyable, primarily because of the quality of the participants. We should like to express our appreciation to the Mathematical Social Science Board . . .

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